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    Hey, I was just wondering if anyone could shed some light on my situation

    Basically in my first year of 6th form I didnt do as well as I wanted to, caught up too much in the partyin. Basically i came out with a C and 2 Ds for my AS. I carried on with the C grade to A2 (biology) and chose to do an extra year, redoing 1 AS (maths) and dropping the other for Double IT.

    In august I should be coming out with a BB in AS ICT, a B/C in AS Maths, a C in A2 Bio, and my already attained D in AS Chemistry.

    This leaves me with one, third, year at 6th form, doing just Double A2 ICT, and A2 Maths.

    All I wanted to know is, would doing this extra year negatively affect my university application? Or I would I be considered in the same light as someone who had the same grades, but got them the first time round? Thanks

    This depends on the university, to be honest. Policies will vary. The best advice is to check the web site or proepctuses to make sure. If in doubt, you might also want to contact the Admissions Tutor for the subject(s) in which you are interested. If you have mitigating circumstances, ask your referee to explain this on your behalf. It will also depend on the course you want to study - in terms of Arts-based degrees, English Literature and Law are probably the most competitive.

    Hope this helps

    In short, no, it won't affect your application at all.

    People of all ages apply to university and for all different reasons at the stage of their lives. You are not going to be penalised because you stayed on another year to further yourself and your grades.

    The only danger you may face is your reference writer may mention it. Some reference writers do it properly and use it to big you up as much as they can but some I have seen seem to just tell it how it is "XX stayed on another year to get the grades he needed" whereas the nicer ones would say "XX has been with us for 3 years now and has developed into a mature, fantastic student with the potential for brilliant grades"

    In short, unless you have a ***** of a reference writer, the uni won't even know you've done an extra year. Only Oxbridge need/want to know about re-takes so in the unis eyes you could of done a year backpacking at 16 and started college at 17.
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